The Current Royal New Covenant Melchizedek Priesthood Banner
The new banner of the Royal New Covenant Melchizedek Priesthood (above), introduced on 8 March 2017 and designed by Lev-Tsiyon, consists of the new Logo of the Melchizedek Priesthood at the centre of a white diamond extending to the four sides of the flag, the upper two triangles being black and the lower two blue, the three traditional colours of the Messianic Evangelical Movement. The logo, designed by Avah Batyah, contains the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev.5:5), Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), standing in front of the seven-armed Living Olive Tree Menorah (also known as the B'rit Chadashah Logo) with seven doves atop seven candles atop each of the branches representing the Seven Ruachot (Spirit) of Elohim (God). The logo, extensively used in the second decade of the 21st century when Mischpachah Lev-Tsiyon (MLT) was organised, predates the banner by several years. A second, alternative Melchizedek priesthood banner also exists for special occasions (below).
Alternative Melchizedek Priesthood Banner (2017)
For many years before that, the banner of the Melchiezedek Priesthood and that of the General Assembly of Messianic Evangelicals were often confused because until 1992 they were one and the same. When the original Independent Church was dissolved in 1992, the Priesthood Order (along with its Banner) was withdrawn to the Holy Order (Chavurat Bekorot) where it remained until 1995/6 and the organisation of the New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY) when it was reintroduced in addition to the NCAY General Assembly Banner until the old design was discontinued in 2009 (below):
The Old General Assembly and Melchizedek Priesthood Banner
(original version, 1986-1992)
The original Royal Melchizedek Priesthood Banner was one of the most beloved banners in the New Covenant, being both rich in spiritual symbolism and possessing great aesthetic beauty. It's central message was that Yah'shua (Jesus) is Master (Lord), the centre of the New Covenant (Messianic Evangelical) work. A second variant, with a redesign of the main Logo, was briefly introduced in 2009 (below):
Final version (2009)
Unfortunately, the Hexagram Symbol (wrongly identified as the 'Star of David') has also been used by the evil forces both with a different symbolic meaning (in Judaism, Kabbalism and Zionism) as well for mediumship purposes (in Satanism, Free Masonry and Devil Worship) in channelling demons. It is also an end-time Sign of the Beast, and as such is connected with pagan Molech and Remphan worship, expressly forbidden in the Bible (Amos 5:26-27). For these reasons the leadership took the very painful - but we feel necessary - decision on 20 June 2009, under the propmpting of the Ruach (Spirit), to destroy all Melchizedek Priesthood Logos and Banners, including other logos and banners incorporating the Star, so as not to be identified with the end-time Anti-Messiah and the World Beast System.
The old flag itself consisted of five horizontal stripes in the colours of the New Covenant (black, white and blue) in the more-or-less same pattern as the modern flag of the Republic of Israel to show solidarity with the Messianic Jews of the House of Judah living in that land through whose lineage the mortal Messiah came and who is today our Cohen Gadol or High Priest.
The Logo in the centre of the flag consisted of a golden interlaced six-pointed star which in New Covenant symbology represented the heavenly (the triangle pointing upwards) and earthly Assembly of Elohim (Church of God) in perfect harmony (the triangle pointing downwards). The star had many symbolic
meanings for early members of NCAY on different spiritual levels, the upward-pointing triangle also representing the Elohimhead/Godhead (of Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and the downward-pointing triangle representing Yahweh's earthly representatives, the Presiding Patriarchate (John-James-Peter in the First Messianic Assembly, and the former leaders of NCAY).
Traditionally the star had a seventh point (the number of completion) in the centre of the interlacing triangles, the Hebrew letter YOD, the first letter in the Name of the Father (Yahweh). This was substituted for a Lamb, which represents Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), who came to earth as Yahweh's Son and representative, and who bore His Name YAH-weh in His own (YAH-shua), the first letter of which is also YOD. Messiah is the therefore the centre of the Priesthood -- indeed, He is the Priesthood.
The Lamb had a red cruciform halo representing the Crucifixion and Atonement, and lay on a white Book of Dispensations, which is divided into seven sections marked by seals. The last seal is coloured red, indicating the final dispensation of blood and persecution in which NCAY has been raised.
Priesthood banners such as this appeared in most local assemblies where Priesthood (Elders and Deadons) was organised and symbolised priestly authority in the congregation. In Independent Church days this banner was used on pulpits but has was replaced by the Patriarchal (Calvary) Cross. It offen appears on a flag pole in one of the front corners of the meeting place.
The Royal Melchizedek Priesthood Banner often provoked positive comment from observers who remarked on its beauty. Authorised in revelation (NC&C 62)
and therefore possessed of the divine imprimatur it frequently arrested the attention of onlookers when used in public on missions, exciting both wonderment
(as when in Helsinki, Finland a crowd gathered to admire it) and wrath (when it was attacked verbally by neo-nazis in Newcastle, England).
Old Melchizedek Priesthood Banners
flanking a former Central Assembly Banner
All the former assembly and general banners containing the six-pointed star were burned on 20 June 2009. For more information, see The Royal Melchizedek Priesthood Logo.
Destruction of all the old banners containing a hexagram (2009)
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Updated on 8 March 2017
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